The Society of St Vincent de Paul (SSVP) held its annual Mass for their Friends-in-Need (FINs) at the Church of St Ignatius on April 23.

The Mass drew the biggest ever turnout of 860 attendees, 500 of whom were made up of the society’s adopted FINs, many of them non-Catholics.

Archbishop William Goh celebrated the Mass.

In his homily, he spoke about humanity’s unending quest for joy and meaning in life and how ultimately it is Jesus who satisfies and is the greatest gift that one can offer in the mission of the Church.

Archbishop Goh went on to say that Vincentians are also called to this mission, by revealing the face of God to their FINs and by seeing Jesus in the faces of those they serve.

But he warned about the inherent difficulties facing those who seek to build God’s kingdom.

“Service should bring great joy, but it is not always so. Sometimes our service is not welcomed. Often we are misunderstood. There are disagreements and conflicts.”

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